TBLP 121 | David Lloyd: Servant Leader

Servant leadership is a concept that inverts the norm of being a traditional leader and focuses on the leaders empowering the employees. Combined with encouraging innovation within the organization, it ensures the growth of the business.

In today’s episode, Edwin chats with PostBeyond’s CEO, David Lloyd.

David leads PostBeyond, a company that helps their clients gain new opportunities by amplifying their content reach.

When not growing and scaling businesses, David is family-focused, being a father and a husband. He also has a big passion for cycling and does endurance rides.

David talks about his leadership role in PostBeyond and shares how he got onboard the company.

Plus, he discusses how his career transitioned from being a developer to a business leader by realizing what his value as a leader.

Lastly, David shares how they put value in innovation and continuous learning in their company.

What You Will Learn From This Episode

  • His leadership responsibilities in PostBeyond and what he is currently focused on to achieve growth.
  • David discusses the reason why he joined PostBeyond.
  • He looks back on a difficult decision he had to make and how this made him see his value as a business leader.
  • David talks about the concept of servant leadership and why this is a key concept in being a successful leader.
  • David highlights the significance of innovation and learning in their organization and shares how PostBeyond encourages it.

Reading

  • Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products
  • Democracy In Chains

Links

Thanks to DJ Dopey, one of Toronto’s top DJ’s, 2003 DMC World Champion, for providing the fresh new intro music, the track is called “Got To Be“.

Thanks to our wonderful episode sponsors

Thanks to media sponsors IT World Canada and Startup Canada.

Thank you for taking the time to listen to this episode.  If you enjoyed this episode, please subscribe on your favourite network.

I would love to hear from you, feel free to leave me a message, question, or comment.  If I can, I will play it on air and answer it there.

This podcast is produced by Slingshot VoIP, a business telecommunications leader.

TBLP 120 | Christopher O’Donnell: Product Leader

Building and growing a creative and diverse team can give huge positive results to an organization.  But the questions of maintainability and scalability of these teams can also be a very big challenge for any business leader.

In this episode, Edwin talks with HubSpot’s SVP of Product, Christopher O’Donnell. 

Christopher leads a team of product managers and user experience folks at HubSpot, a SAS technology company. They specialize in all in one marketing, sales and, service CRM solution to small and medium-sized businesses.

A father and a husband before anything else, Christopher is a family-focused person. When he is not leading, Christopher enjoys his passion for storytelling by playing music. In addition to this, he likes to build things, doing woodworking as well as cooking on the side.

In this episode, he talks about his experiences as a business leader in growing a more inclusive and equitable team.

Also, he discusses the significance of giving and getting feedback.

Lastly, drawing on his music background, Chris discusses the parallels between creating a rock and roll album and developing tech products.

What You Will Learn From This Episode

  • Raising the bar to build a more diverse team through recruitment to ensure a wider palette of abilities and a broader culture
  • What drove him to make the difficult decision of moving from a comfortable job to join the startup world and landing a leadership position at HubSpot
  • Creating high a performing team that can make decisions while maintaining the scalability of the team dynamics
  • He talks about the importance of getting feedback from employees and how to respond to that feedback
  • The similarities between creating a rock and roll album and maintaining a tech product
  • Christopher looks back on his mentor and his mentor’s impact on his leadership career
  • The importance of having business leaders get 360 reviews

Links

Thanks to DJ Dopey, one of Toronto’s top DJ’s, 2003 DMC World Champion, for providing the fresh new intro music, the track is called “Got To Be“.

Thanks to our wonderful episode sponsors

Thanks to media sponsors IT World Canada and Startup Canada.

 

Thank you for taking the time to listen to this episode.  If you enjoyed this episode, please subscribe on your favourite network.

I would love to hear from you, feel free to leave me a message, question, or comment.  If I can, I will play it on air and answer it there.

This podcast is produced by Slingshot VoIP, a business telecommunications leader.

TBLP 119 | Marc Staveley: Technology Leader

“Empower” is a big buzz word in the industry nowadays. And it is for a reason. Allowing your team to make decisions and take ownership of what is happening can be extremely beneficial for the whole organization.

In today’s episode, Edwin chats with Index Exchange’s Chief of Technology Officer, Marc Stavely.

Marc leads over 185 engineers at Index Exchange, the largest ad exchange in the global advertising marketplace. 

When not working, Marc is an outdoors person. He is an avid hiker, canoeist, snowshoer, skier, and camper. He is also an engineer at heart, having designed and built his own house.

Listen as Marc discusses how he has grown as an effective technology leader throughout his career by empowering the team he leads.

Plus, he talks about the rise of agile and how this methodology has fueled his leadership.

Lastly, Marc talks about the characteristics that every emerging business leader needs to succeed.

What You Will Learn From This Episode

  • How he developed and adjusted the leadership styles that allowed him to become a successful business leader.
  • The mindset changes that he had to make to move away from micromanaging.
  • The positive results of empowering the team he leads by allowing them to make decisions.
  • Marc discusses Agile methodology and it advantages over the waterfall method.
  • He shares his thoughts on new innovations like AI and how to train the workforce for this.

Links

Reading List

  • Work Rules! by Laszlo Bock
  • Measure What Matters by John Doerr
  • Brave New work by Aaron Dignan

Thanks to DJ Dopey, one of Toronto’s top DJ’s, 2003 DMC World Champion, for providing the fresh new intro music, the track is called “Got To Be“.

Thanks to our wonderful episode sponsors

Thanks to media sponsors IT World Canada and Startup Canada.

 

Thank you for taking the time to listen to this episode.  If you enjoyed this episode, please subscribe on your favourite network.

I would love to hear from you, feel free to leave me a message, question, or comment.  If I can, I will play it on air and answer it there.

This podcast is produced by Slingshot VoIP, a business telecommunications leader.

TBLP 118 | Scott Wu: Engineering Leader

As an emerging business leader, can you tell us your goal?

Today with Edwin is Scott Wu, the Chief Technology Officer at Compass Digital Labs. He oversees the technology strategy for the company and leads a team of world-class designers, product managers, engineers and data scientists. His mission is to create amazing experiences for consumers through Digital.

Outside Digital Labs, he is a very active guy. He is a sports fanatic and very happy with the recent win of Toronto Raptors. Scott also loves to play tennis.

With his conversation with Edwin, Scott dives deep on the topic of being able to find your true goal.

He shares advice especially for new leaders that it is always best to find where your strengths are.

Lastly, with a lot of topics about artificial intelligence, listen to what Scott has to say if this is something we should be scared of or embrace.

Enjoy!

What You Will Learn From This Episode

  • The challenges of building and scaling a startup business embedded in a large organization
  • How to maintain consistency in the process and systems when scaling up
  • Their process for innovation and why they didn’t have a dedicated group for it
  • Why passion plays an important part in leading and managing people
  • How AI will transform the business digital systems and how to prepare and leverage from it
  • The exciting future of technology and food space

Links

Thanks to DJ Dopey, one of Toronto’s top DJ’s, 2003 DMC World Champion, for providing the fresh new intro music, the track is called “Got To Be“.

Thanks to our wonderful episode sponsors

Thanks to media sponsors IT World Canada and Startup Canada.

Thank you for taking the time to listen to this episode.  If you enjoyed this episode, please subscribe on your favourite network.

I would love to hear from you, feel free to leave me a message, question, or comment.  If I can, I will play it on air and answer it there.

This podcast is produced by Slingshot VoIP, a business telecommunications leader.

TBLP115 | Todd Unger: Productive Disruptor

Do you know what does “productive disruptor” means? You will find out if you will listen in.

Today on the show, Edwin sat down with Todd Unger, Chief Experience Officer and Senior Vice President of Physician Engagement at the American Medical Association.

Todd and his family recently moved to Chicago for this job and they are getting to know and love Chicago very much. His my whole family is into horseback riding. Todd is also a daily meditator.

In this episode, Todd discussed what is his role in AMA and what are their future plans in the next 12 months.

He also shared the journey of AMA’s of not only being a healthcare brand but also supercharging membership acquisition and retention.

Also, he tackled the issue of how to transform an organization through storytelling and social media.

Enjoy!

What You Will Learn From This Episode

  • The problems that Todd addressed when he came to the American Medical Association and what is his focus now for the organization
  • How he was able to digitally transformed and strengthen a known and old healthcare brand coming from a horse racing company
  • How Todd dealt with and fill up a relatively new position and the improvements he’s done in the marketing and publishing part of the company
  • Developing a curriculum on how to communicate, thru emails or any digital medium, more effectively and straight to the point
  • Building marketing on the foundation of storytelling and the help of social media and what Todd considered as their biggest challenge today and how to deal with it
  • How his former COO inspires him and helps him with communicating to and supporting  his team, and on onboarding key persons
  • The transformation cycle of an organization; in what phase is AMA now and Todd’s plans and brand strategy for AMA
  • Growth as your best job, how it is today and how you should do it

Links

Reading List

Thanks to DJ Dopey, one of Toronto’s top DJ’s, 2003 DMC World Champion, for providing the fresh new intro music, the track is called “Got To Be“.

Thanks to our wonderful episode sponsors

Thanks to media sponsors IT World Canada and Startup Canada.

Thank you for taking the time to listen to this episode.  If you enjoyed this episode, please subscribe on your favourite network.

I would love to hear from you, feel free to leave me a message, question, or comment.  If I can, I will play it on air and answer it there.

This podcast is produced by Slingshot VoIP, a business telecommunications leader.

TBLP112 | Gillian Mandich: The Happiness Leader

What is happiness and why is it important?

Before you leave wondering whether this is a podcast episode about business, you’d better think twice.

On today’s show, we have Dr. Gillian Mandich, happiness researcher, Ph.D. Health and Rehabilitation.

Gillian is the oldest of seven children. At a very young age, she was already entrepreneurial by offering babysitting services and gathering all the children into their place but charge per head.

In her spare time, Gillian likes to hike and loves foraging.

Listen to this episode as Gillian, explains the connection of your environment and the DNA with your happiness.

She also shares actionable steps for business leaders to achieve a different level of happiness.

Lastly, she discusses why a mindset shift is important for every business leader and individual to reach their happiness in their day to day life.

Enjoy!

What You Will Learn From This Episode

  • Happiness!  And what do we need to know about it
  • Is happiness the preventive method for the most part of what we have to do in your life
  • The key practices or behaviors that we can do that are going to have a potent effect in our day to day life
  • Are we born happy or is it dictated by your environment
  • How much of our happiness do we have control over
  • What business leaders should do to have a positive impact on their happiness
  • The importance of having a gratitude practice
  • Ways to achieve a mindset-shift and realize the significance of happiness on our day to day life

Links

Reading List

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Thanks to DJ Dopey, one of Toronto’s top DJ’s, 2003 DMC World Champion, for providing the fresh new intro music, the track is called “Got To Be“.

Thanks to our wonderful episode sponsors

Thanks to media sponsors IT World Canada and Startup Canada.

Thank you for taking the time to listen to this episode.  If you enjoyed this episode, please subscribe on your favourite network.

I would love to hear from you, feel free to leave me a message, question, or comment.  If I can, I will play it on air and answer it there.

This podcast is produced by Slingshot VoIP, a business telecommunications leader.

TBLP110 | Marcus Rader: Rental Property Management Leader

Are you a vacation rental property manager looking for a one all solution? This episode is for you.

We have on the show, Marcus Rader, the CEO and Co-Founder of Hostaway an enterprise solution for managing short-term rentals.

When he is not busy with Hostaway, Marcus loves to play a guitar. He loves death metal. Fun fact: Marcus, speaks six languages. When he travels he likes to visit different breweries.

Marcus sat down with Edwin and shared the growth of Hostaway over the last years.

Also, he get into the topic of how to let go of being an entrepreneur and switch your role to being a CEO of your company.

Not only that, you will hear Marcus shared his technique on how they come up with a very solid company culture to eliminate confusions.

Lastly, listen Marcus’ nuggets of wisdom on how to be an effective business leader to a company distributed around the world.

Enjoy!

What You Will Learn From This Episode

  • Why Marcus had to stop being an entrepreneur and become a CEO to better lead Hostaway
  • How he overcome the challenge of firing and hiring people
  • The key factors to successfully manage and lead a team distributed across the world
  • The difficulties of different cultural/ethnic background in the organization and how Marcus dealt with it
  • How having a former CEO as a coach helps Marcus and what is his main focus now in the company
  • Marcus’ key learning when he transitions from being an entrepreneur into a CEO
  • Two resources that helps Marcus achieve his goals and grow as a leader
  • The hardest part of being a leader and how to deal with it
  • Marcus’ worst quality as a leader and how it helps him build the company
  • How Marcus balances work and life

Links

Thanks to DJ Dopey, one of Toronto’s top DJ’s, 2003 DMC World Champion, for providing the fresh new intro music, the track is called “Got To Be“.

Thanks to our wonderful episode sponsors

Thanks to media sponsors IT World Canada and Startup Canada.

Thank you for taking the time to listen to this episode.  If you enjoyed this episode, please subscribe on your favourite network.

I would love to hear from you, feel free to leave me a message, question, or comment.  If I can, I will play it on air and answer it there.

This podcast is produced by Slingshot VoIP, a business telecommunications leader.

TBLP109 | Beth Wilson: Force of Change Business Leader

Is unconscious bias eliminated in this time and age?

Today on the show, we have Beth Wilson, Canada Chief Executive Officer at Dentons.

Who is she outside of Dentons?

Beth is a mom of two boys, ages 21 and 18. She likes spending time with her family. Beth also loves the outdoors, getting out on her paddleboard, kayaking, and is an avid runner and cycler. Now that her sons are older, Beth and her husband enjoy time together on long cycling rides and have even incorporated cycling trips into their vacations.

In this episode, Beth went deep into topics ranging from mindset, strategies, and leadership.

She also spoke to how she won the trust and credibility of her team members at Dentons when she was brought in as CEO.

Listen in to hear Beth talk about these points and more, including the hot topic of unconscious bias.

Enjoy!

What You Will Learn From This Episode

  • Why Dentons is executing deeply on talent
  • The main reason Dentons recruited Beth for the CEO position
  • Beth’s strategy to build trust and credibility
  • Unique opportunities that Beth experienced as a female business leader
  • How to execute work-life integration as a business leader and a woman with personal responsibilities
  • How to beat the stereotypes for women in business
  • Overcoming failure and what she did to deal with the adversity
  • Key points to consider when creating, developing and implementing a strategy
  • The crucial role of having a network and mentors so Beth could continue to grow as a business leader

Links

Thanks to DJ Dopey, one of Toronto’s top DJ’s, 2003 DMC World Champion, for providing the fresh new intro music, the track is called “Got To Be“.

Thanks to our wonderful episode sponsors

Thanks to media sponsors IT World Canada and Startup Canada.

Thank you for taking the time to listen to this episode.  If you enjoyed this episode, please subscribe on your favourite network.

I would love to hear from you, feel free to leave me a message, question, or comment.  If I can, I will play it on air and answer it there.

This podcast is produced by Slingshot VoIP, a business telecommunications leader.

TBLP108 | Taylan Pince: Disruptive Business Leader

Are you an emerging leader who is having trouble to delegate?

In this episode, Edwin sat down with Taylan Pince, Mobile Team Lead and CEO at Hipo, an organization that helps disruptive startups and small businesses create meaningful products and services.

When Taylan is not busy growing Hipo, you can find him spending time with his four-year old daughter.

Apart from family life, he loves to read Sci-Fi books, is passionate about physical activity, and loves to tinker to hardware stuff.

Today, you will hear him delve into topics about productivity, delegation, and his future plans for Hipo.

Also, you will discover what kind of disease he caught because of too much stress and what he did about it.

In addition, listen to actionable steps he shared with Edwin regarding hiring remote team members and interns.

Lastly, find out how you can grow as a business leader by mastering the art of delegation.

Listen to this episode, and you will learn why you should delegate until it hurts.

Enjoy!

What You Will Learn From This Episode

  • Taylan’s main focus on their company now compared to eight years ago
  • What’s most important when choosing a stakeholder in the business
  • The biggest challenge in Taylan’s life because of a disease caused by stress
  • How Taylan learn the art of effective delegation
  • Taylan’s best practices on managing his remote team
  • What is the key learning for Taylan in managing team members that are working remotely
  • The challenges of handling a remote team and how Taylan overcome it
  • How Taylan keep harmony between work and family life
  • Different ways on how Taylan promote work-life balance to his team members
  • How Hipo develop successful training for junior members of the company

Links

Reading List

  • New York 2140 by Kim Stanley Robinson

Thanks to DJ Dopey, one of Toronto’s top DJ’s, 2003 DMC World Champion, for providing the fresh new intro music, the track is called “Got To Be“.

Thanks to our wonderful episode sponsors

Thanks to media sponsors IT World Canada and Startup Canada.

Thank you for taking the time to listen to this episode.  If you enjoyed this episode, please subscribe on your favourite network.

I would love to hear from you, feel free to leave me a message, question, or comment.  If I can, I will play it on air and answer it there.

This podcast is produced by Slingshot VoIP, a business telecommunications leader.

TBLP105 | Adrian Salamunovic: Public Relations Leader

Did the idea of elegant parties, open bars 
and circulate with the rich and famous sound like a PR to you? Think again, as we have on the show, Adrian Salamunovic.

He is the co-author of FREE PR, founder of Earned.co, a public speaker, startup advisor, investor, and PR expert who’s passionate about helping entrepreneurs reach mainstream success using the power of earned media.

You will hear Adrian share how you can use the power of free PR using the media, podcasts, television, print, publications, digital to get your word out for free.

Not only that, get to discover how you as an emerging business leader can build an internal PR team.

Lastly, discover the actionable steps that you can do to reach a wider audience through  FREE PR.

This is one episode you do want to miss!

What You Will Learn From This Episode

  • How Adrian helps companies have their own in-house free PR
  • The value and power of having an in-house PR
  • Three stages to incorporate PR in your company
  • PR for podcasters
  • A great strategy for someone who wants to be a thought leader
  • Comfort as the enemy of success and what’s the key for long-term success
  • E-courses as the best learning tool to upscale your career and/or business
  • Two powerful hacks that Adrian do to be an effective leader, mentor, and entrepreneur
  • Passion and having positive energy as the best leadership quality
  • One actionable PR hack that you can do to increase traffic to your site

Links

Reading List

  • Play Bigger: How Rebels and Innovators Create New Categories and Dominate Markets by Al Ramadan, Dave Peterson, Christopher Lockhead, Kevin Maney
  • The Alter Ego Effect: The Power of Secret Identities to Transform Your Life by Todd Herman
  • Can’t Hurt Me: Master Your Mind and Defy the Odds by David Goggins
  • Purple Cow: Transform Your Business by Being Remarkable by Seth Godin

 

Thanks to DJ Dopey, one of Toronto’s top DJ’s, 2003 DMC World Champion, for providing the fresh new intro music, the track is called “Got To Be“.

Thanks to our wonderful episode sponsors

 

Thanks to media sponsors IT World Canada and Startup Canada.

Thank you for taking the time to listen to this episode.  If you enjoyed this episode, please subscribe on your favourite network.

I would love to hear from you, feel free to leave me a message, question, or comment.  If I can, I will play it on air and answer it there.

This podcast is produced by Slingshot VoIP, a business telecommunications leader.